A brief overview of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and baseball pitchers

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS) in the overhead thrower is a rare and potentially career ending pathology.  Due to the violent nature that pitching places on the surrounding soft tissue structures of the shoulder and neck, hypertrophy of the surrounding tissues can cause compressive forces on the neurovascular structures.  Symptoms include pain, weakness, fatigue, numbness in …

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Josh Donaldson has a dead arm. But what does that mean?

The rumors that Josh Donaldson has been dealing with throwing issues surfaced nationally on opening day.  Donaldson continually exhibited weakness in throwing across the diamond. His throws lacked the velocity and accuracy required to play 3rd base. As fans and media alike wondered what was going on with Donaldson, both he and manager John Gibbons …

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Shane McLanahan shuts down UNC on D1 opening night

Tampa, FL - Coming into the season, University of South Florida LHP Shane McLanahan is considered a top 5 2018 MLB Draft prospect.  Both MLB.com and Baseball America have praised his stuff and expect him to go early in the first round with MLB comparing him to Chris Sale. McLanahan, drafted by the Mets in …

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Odor, Villar, and Diaz: What went wrong in 2017 and can they bounceback?

2017 was the year of the home run.  There were 6,104 HR hit in 2017 smashing the previous record of 5,693 set in 2000, during the height of the "Steroid Era".  It seemed as if value could be found on the waiver wire of the deepest leagues with guys like Logan Morrison and Justin Smoak …

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Tampa Bay Rays Top 20 Prospects

The Rays have long been considered one of the best player development franchises in the league, consistently developing young starting pitching that has performed well at the big league level.  However, a deeper look at the farm shows a lack of projectable top of the rotation starters and an emerging gap between big league ready …

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Razzball Fantasy Podcast – Discussing Braves prospects and Shohei Ohtani

Razzball Podcast I joined Ralph Lifshitz and Lance Brozdowski for a lengthy discussion on PRP injections and what that means for Shohei Ohtani's elbow and the Braves farm system.  Spoiler alert:  Joey Wentz might be my favorite of the Braves pitchers,  Jefrey Ramos' set up at the plate reminds me of Carlos Beltran from the …

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Projecting Shohei Ohtani in 2018

By now, you've heard the news, read the hype, and wondered amongst yourselves just what we can expect from two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani.  After signing a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, he joins a lineup with Mike Trout, Justin Upton, and Albert Pujols, providing LA with a much needed left-handed …

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